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Making plans to celebrate Mom?

Local businesses have a number of suggestions for those gearing up for Mother's Day this Sunday. Here are a few:

Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center: Walla Walla's historic hotel will host its 11th annual Mother's Day buffet, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The theme this year is "Mother's Day Splendor" and features an array of options from Executive Chef Antonio Campolio and the culinary staff. The event -- designed to spoil the women in our lives with savory dishes -- features everything from a traditional Caesar salad and herb-crusted baron of beef to grilled salmon with an American caviar and champagne cream. Desserts include a triple-layer chocolate cake and assorted truffles.

The cost is $32.95 for adults; $27.95 for seniors; $19.95 for children 6-12; and free for children younger than 5. Reservations are required and available at 524-5139.

CrossRoads Steakhouse: The restaurant located in the Dacres Building will host a Mother's Day brunch, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. The menu offers everything from seasonal fruit with cream cheese dip to vegetable strata. Chef-carved prime rib, Copper River salmon, cheese blintzes with cherry sauce and everything in between will be available.

The cost is $24 for adults; $21 for seniors; $12 for kids 6-12; and free for children 5 and younger. Reservations are required at 522-1200.

Sears: The Rose Street retailer will honor moms Saturday with treats and prize drawings. The Walla Walla Sears will give each Mom a Hershey's Kiss while supplies last. A prize drawing will also take place every half hour from 12:30-4 p.m. Winners must be present.

Walla Walla's Harvest Foods: Kids dropping into the Southgate store, 905 S. Second Ave., can decorate a cookie for the special lady in their lives Saturday.

The event runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for the first 100 kids under 12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Harvest Foods will supply the cookie, frosting and sprinkles. Kids provide the creativity and love. Adults are invited to bring their cameras for the event.

About 370 members of Columbia Rural Electric Association attended the co-op's 73rd annual meeting, where new board members, officers and scholarship winners were announced.

The April 14 meeting took place at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds and included dinner and drawings for door prizes.

Two incumbent board members, Don Meiners of Waitsburg and Vic Parks of Burbank, were re-elected to three-year terms on the nine-person board. Marc Armstrong of Burbank was elected to serve District 5. After the meeting, the board chose officers. DJ Frame of Dayton remains president; Bill Stonecipher of Waitsburg retains his vice president position; Dennis Munden of Burbank continues as secretary-treasurer.

Recipients of Columbia REA's four scholarship awards were also announced. Three of the academic scholarships are renewable up to four years. The winners of those scholarships are:

Molly Payne, the daughter of Mitch and Susie Payne, is a senior at Dayton High School planning to study business and marketing at Washington State University. She received the Clark A. Brewington Memorial Scholarship for $1,500.

Hanna Schoeppner, the daughter of Harald and Kelly Schoeppner, is a senior at Desales Catholic High School and plans to study biology at the University of Portland with a goal of becoming a doctor. She received a $1,000 Columbia REA scholarship.

Briana Fulbright, the daughter of Kelly and Jeri Fulbright, is a senior at Dayton High School and plans to earn a psychology degree at Brigham Young University. She received a $1,000 Columbia REA scholarship.

Jason Norris, a senior at Dayton High School and the son of Don and Kathy Norris, received a one-year scholarship for Electric Utility Lineworker School. He plans to attend an electric lineworker program this fall.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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